Special Panel: Phenomenology of Disorientation   EPTC/TCEP Conference, Carleton, May 26-29, 2009

Sep 30, 2008 Jan 12, 2009

Special Panel: Phenomenology of Disorientation
EPTC/TCEP Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, May 26-29, 2009
Panel Organizer Ami Harbin

Descriptions of disorientation frequently ground phenomenological accounts of physiological, psychological, sexual, social, ethical, and political transformation. This panel will explore disorientation from various phenomenological stances, focusing on such questions as: What disorients? Who can be disoriented? Why is disorientation fruitful/harmful? How might disorientation be necessary for group/individual transformation and change? When, where, how, and to what ends do experiences of disorientation take place? How can focusing on themes of disorientation in the work of specific philosophers help us better interpret, find overlaps between, and make use of their analyses?

This panel aims to highlight the position of disorientation(s) in a wide range of philosophical accounts, in part in order to support or challenge the claim that persons, groups, spaces, theories, outlooks, projects, technologies, histories, politics, and movements need to be disoriented before they can be reoriented, reinterpreted, or resisted.

The panel will be part of the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture annual meeting at Carleton University, Ottawa, May 26-29, 2009.
Full papers should be sent to Ami Harbin by Word or RTF email attachment by January 5, 2009. Papers should take no longer than 30 minutes to read (generally less than 4000 words), and should be prepared for anonymous review (identifiable by paper title only). Please include a separate attachment listing the paper title, the author’s name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address, and including a short abstract(not exceeding 100 words).

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